Once spring takes off, it’s harvest time for many “superfoods”. But what exactly is “superfood” and what kinds can we currently find at our weekly shop?
- “Superfood”: A marketing term
“Superfood”: A marketing term
“Superfood” refers to food that is particularly healthy and is used to supply the body with lots of valuable vitamins, trace elements or minerals. But there’s no clear definition of the term, and no wonder: The term comes from the world of marketing and its use is not subject to any universal regulation. But they do exist, these particularly healthy varieties of fruit and vegetable, many of which are even available in April.
- Regional products are best.
Regional products are best.
Regional products which don’t run up lots of global food miles before they end up on the supermarket shelves and on our plates are clearly preferable. So they don’t have to be exotic chia or quinoa seeds. High-value foods that are rich in valuable ingredients and good for your health can also be found at the weekly market.
- High in protein, low in fat: Mushrooms
High in protein, low in fat: Mushrooms
This includes for example mushrooms, which are currently available from domestic farmers. They are full of minerals and vitamins and are very high in protein. They also contain provitamin D, which the body converts into vitamin D. It cannot produce this vitamin itself but it is very important for bone density.
- Low in calories and healthy: Asparagus
Low in calories and healthy: Asparagus
Asparagus lovers can enjoy their favorite vegetable to the full from May onwards at least, as that is the high season. But the first farmers offer asparagus as early as April too. The vegetable doesn’t just taste good, it is also extremely healthy.
Asparagus is particularly attractive because of its high levels of minerals such as potassium and calcium. It’s also rich in vitamins. The vitamins A and E it contains act against free radicals and prevent cancer, vitamin K protects the body from fungal infections. The dehydrating effect of asparagus also benefits people who are overweight.
- Rich in iron: Spinach
Rich in iron: Spinach
Spinach is very helpful if you are anemic. That’s because in comparison with other vegetables it has a relatively high proportion of this crucial trace element. The body needs an adequate supply of iron to enable it to produce enough corpuscles and supply oxygen to the body and its cells.
Spinach also contains other valuable nutrients. Potassium, magnesium and vitamin C are just some of these. These can help to prevent cancer and strengthen the immune system. So there are plenty of reasons for wandering round the weekly market and enjoying fresh products from your local area. Your body will thank you.